from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to or expressing an awareness of things as they really are: She gave us a realistic appraisal of our chances.
- adj. Of or relating to the representation of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are: a realistic novel about ghetto life. See Synonyms at graphic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. expressed or represented as being accurate.
- adj. Relating to the representation of objects, actions or conditions as they actually are or were.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the realists in philosophy; characteristic of speculative realism.
- Exhibiting or characterized by realism in description or representation; objectively real or literal; lifelike, usually in a bad or depreciatory sense: as, a realistic novel or painting; a realistic account of a murder.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
- adj. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism
- adj. aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
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They have a much more, what they call realistic -- lower expectations, as far as the assumptions are concerned.
LOU DOBBS, CNN ANCHOR: Tonight, top U.S. officials announce what they call a realistic timetable for success in Iraq as insurgents kill four more of our troops.
TODD: Taylor says he does not want Congress to promise an unrealistic amount of taxpayer money for the memorial, and says he will make sure the passengers and crew on that plane will get what he calls a realistic and lasting tribute.
Instead of ending in pessimism or optimism, they might search for meaning with what I call realistic hope.
In the joy of his story Fielding soon forgot his burlesque of Richardson, and attempted what he called a realistic novel; that is, a story of real life.
Brown said the party was in "the future business", offering what he described as a realistic and radical road to renewal.
You ground the piece in "realistic" descriptions, even though you were trying out surrealism.
I would also add to the conversation a question; just how "realistic" is the current "realistic fiction?"
How realistic is it to forecast an increase in that fraction?
What does seem realistic is that future, more conservative, congresses might do other kinds of conservative stuff that will impact health reform.